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BOARD OF GOVERNORS OF THE FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 4, 1959.

G.7.4.1
DEPARTMENT STORE MERCHANDISING DATA

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UNITED STATES - JANUARY 1959

4'y*r

cted series, based on retail dollar amouj
"Amount
te
Ja
(In millions of dollars)
t
Monthh ^ % Y e a r
~T9W
Dec,
ago
Jan," ' Dec. r ~ ~ J a n 7 "
ago
o
Sales 1/

P

911

r 367

842

-58

+ 3

Stocks 1/

pi,220 1,231

rl,199

1,231

- 1

+ 2

Outstanding orders

p

1+18

332

r

379

305

+26

+10

Receipts £/

P

368

575

r

335

505

-36

+10

New Orders 2/

P

454

UU5

r

U09

382

+ 2

+11

379

Merchandising Ratios 3/

#

1959

1958

1957
Jan,
3.3

Dec.
1.5

T954-5T
average
Jan.
3.2

- 1953-57 ' "
average
Dec.
1.4

Stocks to Sales

#

Outstanding Orders
to Sales

P

lei

0.1+

1.0

0.4

1.2

0,4

Stocks plus Outstanding
Orders to Sales

*

Jan,
Dec.
1.4
P 3.2

P

4.3

1.7

4.3

1.8

4.4

1.8

Receipts to Sales 2/

p

1.0

0.6

0.9

0,6

0.9

0.6

1/ Figures are based on the sample described in the note below and are presented
Here solely to permit comparisons with changes in orders and receipts. For monthly
movements of total department store sales and stocks, refer to the regular monthly
sales report G.7.2 and stocks report G.7 .4.2 or the Federal Reserve Bulletin.
2/ Receipts of goods are derived from the reported figures on sales and stocks.
New Orders are derived from receipts and reported figures on outstanding orders.
3/ The first three ratios are of stocks and/or orders at the end of the month to
sales during the month. The final ratio is based on totals of sales and receipts
for the month.
Note:—These figures are not estimates for all department stores in the United
States. They are the actual dollar amounts reported by a group of department
stores located in various cities throughout the country. In 1958, sales by these
stores accounted for about 1 5 per cent of the estimated total department store
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sales. Figures for the most recent thirteen-month period are shown regularly in
the Bulletin. For description and back data, January 1939 to August 1952, see
Federal Reserve Bulletin for October 1952, pp» 1098-1102. Back data may be
obtained from the Board's Division of Research and Statistics.